Controversial Chu Chaiburi Sri Amphawa taking shape

Chu Chaiburi Sri Amphawa

In Amphawa, not only are the fireflies falling prey to the tourist dollar as the motorized boats with their human cargo pollute the air; it is also the passing of an age old tightly knit canal village of Thai traditional way of life.

Surrounded by controversy, because of its size and European architectural design, the building of The Chu Chaiburi Sri Amphawa Hotel lit a burning fire of protest in the hearts of the local residents.  This 200 year old proud community of farmers and merchants, holds very dear its cultural heritage and value, which is threatened to be destroyed with each new hotel creeping into their historical domain.

The Bangkok Post shouted out the angry ramifications of building, what was perceived to be a bourgeois scar, on the traditionally peaceful and laid back town of Amphawa.  With a history dating back to the 17th Century as a vital market hub of commerce because of its position on the Mae Klong River, the town has re-emerged in recent years under the umbrella of Unesco recognition.  Every weekend tourists descend on this scenic town. It becomes a vibrant tourist hub, abuzz with the incessant noise of the traditional floating canal markets, new funky cafes and handicraft shops have sprung up, all set amidst a Thai cultural wonderland that is fast losing its face against the race with progress and development.

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Nikki Beach Hotel and Spa Phuket

Nikki Beach Hotel and Spa Phuket

To compliment the recently opened Nikki Beach Club Bangtao, Nikki Beach Worldwide are poised to increase the number of their signature tepees, not just in the sand but on the rooftop of their second hotel in Thailand, which is due to open in 2015.

Nikki Beach Hotel and Spa Phuket set to open on Layan Beach, Bang Tao, Phuket in 2015

The Nikki Beach brand is fast growing into a global revolution for its decadent, chill out factors as an indulgent playground for global jet setters, the beautiful people, the rich and famous.  And, of course for the “wannabe seen” and the “wannabes”, that have deep enough pockets to pay for the wicked delights on offer. Nikki Beach having won The Travel Channel’s World’s Sexiest Beach Bar number one placing was referred to in The London Observer recently, as the “sexiest places on earth”.

Morphing a totally opulent holiday lifestyle package of music, art, entertainment, dining, fashion and now boutique hotel, into one big melting pot of extravagant five star beach offering, Nikki Beach is definitely sharing the love with proposed openings in Spain, Greece and Bali as well.

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Accor to manage Waterfront Pattaya Hotel


Pattaya to get first MGallery branded property with 50 storey Waterfront Suites & Residences.

Luxury property developer Tulip Group have announced a partnership agreement with Accor, parent company of Sofitel, So Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, ibis and MGallery hotels to manage the prestigious Waterfront project at Bali Hai in Pattaya. The property will be operated under the MGallery brand. Waterfront Suites and Residences will be the 6th MGallery property in Thailand.

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Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn

June 1 opening set for new Holiday Inn in the heart of Bangkok

Bangkok, a vibrant city of bright colors and sizzling street food, which buzzes twenty four hours a day, adds one more hotel to its sky line with the new Holiday Inn Express in the Sathorn District. Espousing the hotel’s target market, savvy business and tourist travelers looking for value, the comfort and convenience of its location, this hotel is a three and a half star property.  In a city already awash with hotel accommodation, the main temptations are free breakfast and Wi-Fi on offer, with it’s downtown central location the next draw card. It is the first Holiday Inn Express in the TCC Hotels Group portfolio.

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Boutique Hotel Group, Design Firm to Work Together on Akyra Manor Chiang Mai

Some things simply go together.  Peanut butter and jelly.  Warm weather and flip-flops.  And now, boutique hotel group AKARYN Hospitality Management Services (AHMS) and Singapore’s Manor Design Studio.

Akyra Manor Chiang Mai logo (mockup)The two are teaming up to expand the trendy akyra brand into exciting and booming Chiang Mai.

Already we’re getting information on what cool design features to expect at akyra Manor Chiang Mai, which is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2014.  29 suites and residences with stylish, modern and warm décor will be spread out over seven floors.  The resort will be focused on healthy living and a healthy environment starting with the country’s first organic rooftop nursery.  Similar to those in cities like New York, it will provide ingredients for the resort’s SLOW food concept which aims to utilize home-grown food whenever possible.  It also acts as a natural cooling system.  Guests will relax at akyra Manor Chiang Mai’s pool and grab drinks at the nearby bar.  An executive meeting room for business or private events is also in the works.

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